Poverty and Health Committee

Mission:

Income is perhaps the most powerful determinant of health.  Family physicians have a key role to play in addressing poverty as a risk to their patients’ health, due to their close relationships with their patients, and their access to resources to improve patients’ health.  This Committee will work to enhance the ability of Ontario family physicians and their provincial organization to address patients’ poverty as a risk to health.

Goals:

  1. To increase the ability of Ontario family physicians to address poverty as a risk to health through the development of practice-oriented knowledge, skills, and tools.
  2. To increase the profile of the OCFP in attempts to reduce the impact of poverty as a risk to health, through focused advocacy, education, and connections with other groups interested in this area.

Mandate:

The Committee focuses on five key areas:

  1. Education of family physicians regarding approaches to poverty as a risk to health.
  2. Preparation and dissemination of practice-oriented tools to facilitate family physicians’ ability to address poverty as a risk to health.
  3. Support research and the development of new knowledge regarding clinically applicable approaches to poverty in primary care.
  4. Advocacy on issues of direct relevance to family physicians’ ability to address poverty as a risk to health.
  5. Liaisons with other organizations and groups focused on addressing poverty as a risk to health.

Visit the Poverty Resources Page

Steering Committee:

Co-Chairs
Dr. Gary Bloch, Toronto
Dr. Ritika Goel, Toronto

Members
Dr. Katie Dorman, Toronto
Dr. Larisa Eibisch, Toronto
Dr. Esther Ernst, Toronto
Dr. Sharon Gazeley, Toronto
Dr. Samantha Green, Toronto
Dr. Jack Haggarty, Thunder Bay
Dr. Christine Herrera, London
Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Peterborough
Dr. Michael Rachlis, Toronto 
Dr. Danyaal Raza, Toronto